Rail travellers' tunnel ordeal
PUBLISHED: 18:03 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:57 12 August 2010
HUNDREDS of passengers were trapped in a tunnel for nearly two hours when their train split in two. Five carriages of the 5.45pm Victoria to
HUNDREDS of passengers were trapped in a tunnel for nearly two hours when their train split in two.
Five carriages of the 5.45pm Victoria to Rochester service were left at Sydenham Hill station when it departed and the other half of the train later got stuck in Penge tunnel.
Some 500 passengers had to wait until engineers reversed the carriages back to station. Nobody was hurt in the incident last Wednesday. All passengers were taken off the train by 7.45pm and the line reopened at 8.30pm.
A Southeastern Trains spokesman said: "While no one was in immediate danger we appreciate this would have been concerning for passengers on board. It would have been frustrating for many as it meant their journeys home were delayed.
"A safety mechanism means that in the unlikely event of train units dividing in service - and this was a very unusual occurrence - the brakes are automatically activated and an alarm sounds in the driver's cab.
"Early indications suggest the fault lies with one of the train's coupling units. Further tests are now being carried out. All trains are regularly checked before entering passenger service.